Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

The Positives of Toddler Play

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The Positives of Toddler Play
Building self-confidence never seemed so fun

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It’s no secret that toddlers look forward to playdates, outdoor trips to the park and new toys to fill up the floor of their rooms. Beyond making your child grin from ear to ear, though, the positives of toddler play also contribute significantly to your child’s development. “Playing is a child’s job,” says Nancy Buck, developmental psychologist with Peaceful Parenting in Denver, Colo. “On every level—physical, emotional, intellectual or social—a child is learning.” Continue reading

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When to Indulge

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When to Indulge
How to determine if you should say ‘yes’ or ‘no’

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You probably hear yourself saying “no” countless times a day. But sometimes a “yes” may be the best course of action. In fact, indulging your child once in a while can show her the value of accomplishments. “A treat on a whim can be fun [and] invite spontaneity and surprise in your lives,” said Erica Curtis, Santa Monica, California-based family therapist. Continue reading

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Dealing With Childhood Obesity

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Dealing With Childhood Obesity
‘Eat right’ and other tips to help your kids achieve a healthy weight

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When a child is dealing with obesity, it’s imperative that parents understand the emotional and physical challenges he faces regularly. “Speaking from experience, there are few things more painful than being an obese child or teen,” said Dee McCaffrey, organic chemist and author of “The Science of Skinny,” of Tempe, Arizona. Continue reading

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Rights of Foster Kids

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Rights of Foster Kids
Find out the legal requirements of foster families

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The transitions and adjustments that children in foster care face can be challenging, both emotionally and mentally. From feelings of abandonment to fear of attachment, these children may not be able to cope with these life changes while also monitoring that their rights are enforced. Continue reading

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Teaching Kids About Cleanliness

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Teaching Kids About Cleanliness
How to avoid germs and keep your little ones healthy

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Germs are everywhere, especially when you’re a kid. From picking up bugs on the playground and sharing cups with friends to holding hands and touching dirty sinks in public areas, it’s likely your little one or teen has been exposed to germs and bacteria. Continue reading

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